UAE leaders congratulate President of Cameroon on National Day


ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has sent a message of congratulations to President Paul Biya of the Republic of Cameroon on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, also dispatched similar messages to President Biya and to Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abdullah bin Zayed, Chilean counterpart discuss boosting bilateral relations


ABU DHABI: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, during a phone call with Alberto van Klaveren, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile, discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them to serve the mutual interests of their two countries and peoples.

The two sides reviewed aspects of joint cooperation in various fields, including economic, trade, investment, and renewable energy, and ways to develop them, especially in light of the two countries’ recent announcement of completing negotiations on the comprehensive economic partnership agreement.

During the call, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed reaffirmed the UAE’s keenness to establish strong and growing cooperation relations with the Republic of Chile and Latin American countries, in a way that contributes to supporting joint endeavours to achieve comprehensive developments and sustainable economic prosperity.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Alberto van Klaveren also discussed the recent developments in the
Middle East region and the efforts of the international community to reach a sustainable ceasefire and enhance the humanitarian response to meet the needs of civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Emirates News Agency

BERRI DISCUSSES LEBANON’S ECONOMIC CRISIS WITH IMF DELEGATION, WELCOMES GHANA’S CHIEF OF DEFENSE STAFF


House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Monday hosted a delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the second presidential residence in Ain al-Tineh. The delegation included Ernesto Ramirez Rigo, head of the IMF mission in Lebanon, and Frederico Lima, the IMF’s resident representative in Lebanon.

Discussions reportedly centered on the ongoing negotiations between Lebanon and the IMF, the financial and economic repercussions of Lebanon’s crises, particularly the presidential vacancy, Israel’s continued aggression, and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Speaker Berri emphasized the need for legislative action on the banking secrecy law and banking sector restructuring.

“Restoring confidence in Lebanon’s banking sector and financial system requires ensuring the full return of deposits to their owners, regardless of the time required,’ Berri added.

In a separate meeting, the House Speaker welcomed Ghana’s Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, accompanied by senior officers. The meeting, att
ended by MP Ghassan Atallah, Ghana’s Consul in Lebanon Ali Jaafar, and Speaker Berri’s media advisor Ali Hamdan, covered conditions in Lebanon, developments on the southern border, and enhancing Lebanon-Ghana relations.

Additionally, Speaker Berri met with Ali Hejazi, Secretary-General of the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party, and Dr. Said Akra, the party’s assistant secretary-general, with whom he discussed recent political developments.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Mohammad Mokhber appointed as Iran’s interim president, Bagheri Kani acting foreign minister


TEHRAN: The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei today appointed Iran’s First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as interim president following the death of Ebrahim Raeisi in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran.

“In accordance with Article 131 of the constitution, Mokhber is in charge of leading the executive branch,” said Khamenei in a statement, adding that Mokhber will be required to work with the heads of legislative and judicial to prepare for presidential elections “within a maximum period of 50 days”.

Iran’s Cabinet appointed on Monday Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani as acting foreign minister following the death of Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in the crash.

Source: Emirates News Agency